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Eric J Hunter

Emeritus Professor of Information Management

Liverpool John Moores University


Following some twenty years as student, National Serviceman and practising librarian, became a full-time lecturer in 1969. Conferred as Reader and subsequently Professor in recognition of his 'outstanding contribution to teaching, scholarship and leadership' in the field of information management. One of his main interests was the developing application of information technology. Among the first members of staff to benefit from a year's secondment to Computer Services and instrumental in ensuring that computing became a core component of librarianship courses. A major effect of this was the eventual merging of the librarianship and information studies and information systems and technology courses in the Liverpool Business School, under his leadership, to form a new Information Management group.

Complementing his service on numerous internal committees and boards were his external professional activities. Played an active role in the affairs of professional bodies such as the Library Association and the Institute of Information Scientists (now amalgamated as the Chartered Institute of Information and Library Professionals). Elected member of several committees and represented the Library Association on various bodies. Was for some years the LA representative on the international Joint Steering Committee for Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules.  Became an acknowledged expert with regard to this latter standard and pioneered the use of programmed instruction to teach its application. Granted leave of absence to lecture for short periods in the United States, at Drexel University, Philadelphia, and at Kent State University, Ohio, and has organised courses and delivered papers in various other countries including Norway, Belgium, Italy and Japan. Acted as an external examiner at a number of higher educational institutions, including Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Queen's University, Belfast, Leeds Metropolitan University, and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Researched and written widely in education, librarianship and information handling.   His literary output includes two major, original, research theses, numerous monographic publications, or contributions to monographic publications, periodical articles and conference papers.  He served for ten years on the Editorial Advisory Board of New Library World, refereeing papers submitted to that journal.  Since his retirement from full-time education, has continued his authorship activity.  A third edition of his Classification made simple: an introduction to knowledge organisation and information retrieval was published in 2009 and translated into Korean in 2013.  Another example of his work is: 'Automating the library process' (in A history of libraries in Britain and Ireland, Cambridge University Press, 2005).  His many monographic publications include a number of well-known student and practitioner texts which have been used throughout the world and been translated into other languages, for example The ABC of BASIC: an introduction to programming for librarians into Catalan, Computerised cataloguing into Japanese; and An introduction to Anglo-American cataloguing rules into Chinese.   

He has also written two novels; Kisses on the window : the Montagues go to war (FeedARead, 2013) and The bullet and the ring (YouWriteOn, 2008; FeedARead, 2013).   Both are also available in electronic form on Kindle.    For details go to HOME